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    26er forks on a 29er

    I have a 29er with a very low a-c hight in the front (435mm). Which means that any 29er sussy fork will make it totally chopper. Are there any 26er suss forks that fit 29er full size tires?? Thanks!!

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    I do not know of any currently on the market that would have enough clearance on the bridge. Even if you did find one with enough clearance, the fork crown may hit the tire on full compression causing instant endo. When a frame geometry is built around a rigid fork, it is pretty much destined to stay that way. Maybe look into an old Manitou 700c fork.

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    kustomz,

    I'm a little confused now because on a previous query I made regarding curved 29"er forks you said:

    Do you need it to be suspension corrected? I took a Surly 1x1 fork, which is 413mm a-c and moved the canti studs up for a frankenfixie project bike. It has room for the fatest 29er tires currently available.

    You seem to be indicating that Surly 1x1 26"er forks could take a fat 29"er tyre.

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    The old Mantiou (circa 1991) sus forks are just that, 435mm. They were used alot in the early days of 29" development. Have one if you need it.
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    Nothing to be confused over since we are talking suspension forks! Most 26" suspension forks seem to have much less clearance in the lower leg arch, than say most rigid 26er forks. But hey, this is on the forks I have personally seen, which is not every fork on the market. Even though new kelly has asked if a 29er wheel will fit in a 26 sussy fork, that is not the true issue, since the upper fork crown will likely hit the tire under full suspension compression. Did I miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel
    The old Mantiou (circa 1991) sus forks are just that, 435mm. They were used alot in the early days of 29" development. Have one if you need it.
    Yeah, the X-Vert just barely clears the 2.1 Nano. Still see those brand new from time to time at various retailers such as Cambria, and on eBay.

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    Actually the fork I had in mind was the Manitou 700c, not the X vert. The X vert is another option, however I believe it is slightly longer a/c. The X vert is 75mm travel disc only and the 700c is 50mm rim brake only but has more clearance at the arch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel
    Actually the fork I had in mind was the Manitou 700c, not the X vert. The X vert is another option, however I believe it is slightly longer a/c. The X vert is 75mm travel disc only and the 700c is 50mm rim brake only but has more clearance at the arch.
    Doh! Yeah, you said '91, not '01! A to C on the X-Vert is around 19", about 480mm.

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    what about usng a 26 WHEEL too

    To make something REALLY wacky why not get a long travel 26 fork and use a 26 inch wheel with your 29er bike? Then the number you'd want to pay atention to would be the crown to ground.

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    x-vert

    The x-vert on my 26 is a better fork than the cx-1 on my 29 wheeled bike.
    No problems with either.

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